Aaron Hernandez double murder verdict reinforces star lawyer's rep

Cheryl Sanders
April 16, 2017

The former New England Patriots player appeared at Suffolk County Superior Court in MA on Friday (14Apr17) to hear his fate as the jurors returned their verdict on the 2012 murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

Hernandez, 27, was accused of killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a drive-by shooting in July 2012 in Boston's South End after an altercation outside a night club.

Hernandez will remain in jail for life on a prior murder conviction for his involvement in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd.

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The jury had begun deliberations April 7.

The court also acquitted the 27-year-old former National Football League player of witness intimidation for the 2013 shooting of prosecution witness Alexander Bradley.

Prosecutors in ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez's double murder trial say relatives of the two men who were killed are "devastated" by his acquittal on murder and other charges.

After the verdict was announced, the former player reportedly turned toward Shayanna Jenkins, his fiancé at the time of the shooting, and mouthed the words, "I love you".

The defense, however, argued Bradley made up the story and theorized that de Abreu and Furtado weren't killed by Hernandez, but by someone else, perhaps, Bradley who was angered over a soured drug deal.

For her part, Jenkins told the media she was "very happy" after the proceedings.

Mr Sullivan blamed a friend of Hernandez's for the murders, adding that his client was a "very good young man who happened to hang out with a very bad guy".

The prosecution alleged that Hernandez shot Furtado and de Abreu to death in a vehicle outside a Boston nightclub after one of them accidentally spilled a drink on him.

Bradley and Hernandez remained close friends until a violent falling out months later at a party in Florida.

"At least he's not walking out the door today", district attorney Daniel Conley said of the verdict. "We put our best case forward".

According to his testimony, Bradley talked Hernandez into leaving.

"There is a lot of sorrow and grief with the families right now".

Hernandez grew up in Bristol, Connecticut, and played for the Patriots from 2010 to 2012.

He is appealing the Lloyd conviction.

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